DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 23, 2008
2.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
My palate likes sour, but maybe not as much I expected. Aged oad, tons of puckery sourness, and hazy golden in a goblet. For fans of the sour ales, this is right up your alley.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oak aged adds a lot to this brew. Maybe too much. Vanilla and oak tannin dominate along with a woody flavor. Some malt and light complexity fill out the mid. Enjoyable brew. Almost refreshing when served cold on a hot day. Very drinkable. Tough to pick out what type of beer it actually is as it just seems like the oak dominates. Not sure I’d buy again, maybe try it from keg or even better an aged version. I just don’t see much upside.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bottle from Whole Foods. Orange/brownish in color. Tart and sour aroma. Super smooth vinous flavors right up front. Nice cask flavors with good sourness. Great sour brew with a lot of goodness going on.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour reveals a clear golden color with a medium white head, it leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me at first of a good, dry, white wine, there’s somme apples too with wood and sourness, it feels very promising. The flavor deliver the promises with subtlelty, the wood, sourness, apples and white wine feeling are there, but they exist in unity, not as seperate elements. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and comfortable, medium thickness and creamy texture combine with gently prickling, lively carbonation. I like the fact that this sour ale doesn’t try to blow your taste buds off, it offers its complexity with gentleness and harmony.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold pour with fluffy white head and picturesque lace. Yeasty tart aroma. Oak and green apples dry finish
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Yeasty Belgian nose, very fruity. Flavor is tart and similar to a Flanders Red. Very crisp. Lots of bittersweet fruit character. Very good.
thornecb (5316) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bright gold into a snifter. Bright white head leaves sheet lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Sour citrus aromas. Full sour fruit. Puckering yet crisp.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Belgian Belly, Chorlton. Poured a clear true golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma was intensely woody mixed with sour green apple.
Flavour had obvious evidence of the oak barrel aging. Wasn’t overtly sour and struck a good balance between the woodiness and the fruit. Definite cider parallels. Finish was sour if a little short.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A real treat. Pours a fizzy golden color with a large white head that sticks around to the last sip. The flavor reveals a light tart aroma with a bit of fresh green apple and straw. The flavor is a bit bigger than the aroma with noticeable oak elements along with a subtle sourness and fruity finish. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Very nice.
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear yellow/golden colored beer, with a huge white foamy head. The aroma reminds me at a geueze. It’s sour, woody, fruity fresh of citrus, with some malts. At the taste you recognized the time it’s conserved in wooden barrels. It’s a fruity fresh beer, with notes of bread in teh back. Very drinkable and refreshing.